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Online Master of Education in
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Why Earn a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Online at Etown SGPS?

Earning your Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction at Elizabethtown College's SGPS equips PK-12 certified teachers for advanced roles with a focus on Level II Certification. Our online program offers specialization in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education, Autism Support, Trauma-Informed Practice, or Computer Science Education. The curriculum combines specialized content with a constructivist approach, emphasizing project-based learning, social-emotional education, and action research, preparing educators for impactful leadership in diverse educational settings.

We offer two convenient ways to complete your M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: a full-time, one-year track for those who wish to fast-track their education, and an accelerated part-time track, ideal for busy individuals seeking a balance between work, life, and study. The part-time track typically spans two years, with the added flexibility to adjust the timeframe and pace as needed, accommodating the demands of personal and professional commitments.

Program Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of curriculum mapping, theory, models, and pedagogical approaches.
  • Apply these models, theories, and pedagogical approaches in their own practice, across sociocultural contexts, and in diverse learning environments.
  • Display commitment and leadership for building learning communities through collaborative strategies and among key stakeholders, including students, parents, educators, and staff.
  • Use and apply formal and informal assessment strategies to promote and evaluate the continual intellectual, social-emotional, and personal development of all learners.
  • Use and apply instructional technologies to promote and evaluate the continual intellectual, social-emotional, and personal development of all learners.
  • Design and conduct action research that explores learning strategies related to classroom, community, or cross-disciplinary issues.
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Excel As An Educator

Advancing your career with Elizabethtown College's M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction positions you at the forefront of educational innovation. This program, tailored for PK-12 certified teachers, not only prepares you for Level II Certification but also equips you with specialized skills in areas like Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education, Autism Support, Trauma-Informed Practice, or Computer Science Education. By integrating project-based learning and social-emotional education into its curriculum, the program fosters your ability to lead and innovate in diverse educational settings and help you to become a more well-rounded educator ready to meet the dynamic needs of contemporary classrooms and educational communities.

Elizabethtown College faculty care about their student's on an individual level. The courses include relevant and relatable content that is useful in the field.

Understand Tuition Costs and Explore Scholarship Opportunities

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction is priced at $525 per credit. Scholarships and financial aid are available to make your Etown SGPS education even more affordable. Below are just a few of the scholarships and programs available to students:

  • Alumni Scholarship: 15% tuition discount, available to Elizabethtown College alumni.
  • Affinity Partner Scholarship: 15% discount, offered to employees of organizations partnered with Etown SGPS.
  • Jay Fellowship Referral Program: This is a referral program that benefits both current students/alumni and prospective students. When a student or alum refers a new student, both the referrer and the referred student receive a complimentary credit for their program of interest.

Tuition and fees are reviewed and subject to change annually.

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Online M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Degree Requirements

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Elizabethtown College requires 30-34-credit hours of academic work, including a 3-credit capstone Graduate Seminar with an action research focus. Candidates may select one of four areas of specialization including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education, Autism Support, Trauma-Informed Practice, or Computer Science Education.

This program offers two tracks to completion, a full-time one-year program and an accelerated part-time option taking 2+ years.

  • The full-time, one-year track enables qualified candidates the opportunity to complete the program in one year.
  • The accelerated part-time track allows busy candidates the flexibility they need to manage a work, life, and graduate school balance. Candidates in this track usually complete the program in two years but have the flexibility to extend that timeframe and step in and out of the program as life requires.
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Student Learning Outcomes:


  • Demonstrate knowledge of the following standards: Next Generation Science Standards, PA Mathematics Standards, PA Science and Technology Standards.
  • Understand STEM Education as an integrated approach across disciplines, connected to other disciplines beyond science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • Recognize that STEM Education is general education with the intent to prepare a citizenry who can function in a science and technology rich society.
  • Utilize problem solving approaches and the design process to answer complex questions, engage in critical thinking, investigate societal issues, and develop solutions for challenges and real word problems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of inquiry-based teaching and learning methodologies as applied to STEM education.

Skills and Abilities

  • Apply practices that integrate STEM disciplines through the design and implementation of multiple, integrated, developmentally appropriate learning experiences for all students.
  • Represent real world phenomena through a variety of scientific, mathematical, technological, or engineering models.
  • Explore basic fundamental concepts and major principles of science, technology, engineering and math through connections with other areas, especially history, language, arts, and culture, etc.
  • Utilize the design process and a variety of resources (educational technology, information, materials, tools, machines) to safely and efficiently develop solutions to problems that require integration of concepts and skills from multiple disciplines, including science, technology, engineering, math, language arts, social studies, arts, and/or physical education.
  • Use mathematical and scientific formulas, principles, reasoning, and precise language to predict outcomes and solve technological and engineering problems.

Instructional Practices

  • Design, implement, and reflect on lessons and units that incorporate an integrative STEM learning cycle approach and developmentally appropriate methodology.
  • Select, modify, and develop learning activities that support higher order thinking and creative problem solving which foster an understanding of the interconnectedness of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
  • Establish and maintain a physically and emotionally safe learning environment that encourages and supports innovation, design thinking, and intellectual risk taking.
  • Incorporate reading, writing, and questioning strategies through integrative and active strategies that supports the development of STEM literacy for all students.
  • Engage students in the purposeful use of instructional technologies to increase access and extend their abilities to understand, transfer, and adapt STEM knowledge, skills, and dispositions.


  • Create differentiated learning experiences in integrative STEM education to meet the needs of all students.
  • Elicit students’ conceptions, reasoning and understanding through multiple forms of meaningful assessments including formative/summative and individual/group.
  • Enable students to utilize strategies for self- assessment to build their capacity to monitor their own learning.
  • Utilize diverse and authentic assessment strategies to monitor and adjust instruction across STEM disciplines and grade levels.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze the complexity in strengths and challenges across the autism life span, from diagnosis through adulthood.
  • Implement evidence based interoception assessments and interventions to improve sleep, eating, toileting, education, emotional regulation and social participation individually and in group settings.
  • Use evidence-based lifestyle (focus on food choice) assessment and interventions to improve sleep, eating, toileting, emotional regulation and social participation individually and in group settings.
  • Design and create programs and environments that support individuals with autism in their homes, schools, at work and communities.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Assess the short- and long-term impact of trauma on the developing child.
  • Implement trauma-informed approaches within their field of practice.
  • Establish cross-system collaborations with other practitioners serving children and families experiencing trauma.
  • Advocate for trauma-sensitive school and organization change.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  • Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.


Application Requirements & Process

To enter our M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program you will need to:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Successfully complete an undergraduate-level math course in probability and statistics.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • GRE or GMAT scores are optional.

  •  Contact or meet with our admissions staff for guidance and to find out more information.
  •  Complete the graduate application via the online portal which includes the submission of a $50 nonrefundable application fee, waived for Elizabethtown College graduates.
    • You will need to request official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions you have attended and upload your current resume.
    • Additionally, prepare a writing sample that demonstrates higher-order thinking, writing, and communication skills.
    • Applicants should also supply two letters of recommendation in support of your academic and professional abilities for success in the program.
    • As an optional step, you can upload GRE/MAT scores.
  •  After submitting your application, the SGPS Team will review it and make an admissions decision.
  •  If accepted, you will receive an initial offer letter via the applicant portal, which you must accept to proceed with matriculation.
  •  If there are any questions or concerns, the admissions team will contact you for further discussion.

Etown seniors, alumni, and employees may be able to take advantage of our two-step, fast-tracked application process.

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